Recognizing Our Finest
Chief of Police Mike Metcalf
January 1, 2006 to July 31, 2012
Chief H.M. (Mike) Metcalf's four decade-long career began with the Mississauga Police Department. Following various patrol and investigative assignments as a Constable, Chief Metcalf worked in the Forensic Unit for 15 years, where he was promoted through the ranks of Sergeant, Staff Sergeant and Inspector. During his tenure, he was responsible for the introduction of several forensic-related automated systems, which greatly enhanced and modernized the organization's ability to investigate crime. During this assignment, Chief Metcalf also lectured at Sheridan College on the subject of criminalistics.
As an Inspector, Chief Metcalf worked in the Duty Inspectors Office and as the officer-in-charge of the Drug Unit. He was promoted to the rank of Superintendent and was assigned as the Divisional Commander of east Brampton's 21 Division. Chief Metcalf recalls this assignment as being one of his favorites, as it permitted him to interact with officers who were in contact with everyday citizens. Chief Metcalf then worked as the officer-in-charge of Adequacy Standards - a unit responsible for ensuring the organization is compliant with numerous statutory requirements.
In November 2001, Chief Metcalf was promoted to the rank of Staff Superintendent, where he oversaw the Court Bureau, Communications and Forensics. He was then assigned to Field Operations, and oversaw the operational Divisions' front-line and investigative personnel.
On January 1, 2004, Chief Metcalf was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Operations. He served in this capacity for two years, until January 1, 2006, when he was appointed by the Police Services Board to the position of Chief of Police.
Chief Metcalf received the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery in a unit citation for his role in the aftermath of the Mississauga train derailment in 1979. He is the recipient of both the 20-year and the 30-year Police Exemplary Service Medal and he has also received Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee Medal.
Chief Metcalf works very closely with a number of charitable organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Toys for Tots and the Children's Aid Society, amongst others. He attends over 120 after-hours charity and community functions each year. He is acutely aware of his role, not only as the leader of a police service, but as a leader in the community and as a role model to others.
In November 2009, Chief Metcalf was named the Children's Aid Society's "Champion for Children" for being a person whose work underscores the importance of helping children living with abuse, poverty and neglect.
Chief Metcalf commands the third-largest municipal police service in Canada, which polices a population of 1.2 million citizens, and boasts a complement of 1,900 uniform officers and 900 civilian support staff.
Chief Metcalf has been married to his "very understanding" wife, Barb, since 1975 and attributes much of his success to her. They are the proud parents of two adult daughters.